The corona numbers continue to rise. The management of the Freiburg University Clinic is therefore assuming more Covid patients in the intensive care units. Planned surgery dates would then have to be postponed.
The number of new corona infections remains high – the Freiburg Health Department has reported a high number of new cases for the second day in a row. The development will then also be reflected in the intensive care units of the hospitals in the coming days and weeks. The university clinic had last treated 17 corona patients. She expects that 15 more will be added from the direct coverage area in the next two weeks.
There would be no beds for regular intensive care patients
15 more patients, that doesn’t sound much at first, says Professor Hartmut Bürkle, Medical Director of the Clinic for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Clinic: “But it means that we don’t have any for about three times the number of non-Covid patients regular intensive care treatment capacities would have more available. “
According to Bürkle, Covid-19 patients require three times the duration of treatment. Since overall fewer intensive care treatment places could be occupied in Baden-Württemberg as in other federal states due to a lack of nursing staff compared to autumn and winter 2020, there is a supply bottleneck for non-corona sufferers who require intensive monitoring or intensive therapy.
“That is why it is very likely that there will be a postponement of planned interventions throughout Germany in the next few weeks in order to be able to care for those who are acutely ill with Covid-19 in the intensive care units,” said the Medical Director.
The Freiburg health department, which is located at the district office, reported 217 new infections on Friday morning for the second day in a row – 86 for Freiburg, 131 for the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district. The 184th death in connection with a corona infection was also reported for Freiburg. In the city and the surrounding area, the seven-day incidence has stabilized at a high level. It is 154.2 in Freiburg and 155.9 in the district. The mean value in Baden-Württemberg is 211.2.